High school students perform their best when they are surrounded by love and support. The Personal Counseling Department offers individual support to every student, and Ursuline’s Advisory Program, combined with a faculty who cares deeply about its students, is structured to support greater student well-being.
A full-time personal counselor is assigned to every new student, and that counselor stays with her throughout her Ursuline experience. The personal counseling staff also includes a full-time learning specialist. In a safe and supportive environment, the counselors work individually with students to help develop healthy coping skills and resiliency.
Individual Support Every Step of the Way
The Personal Counseling Department offers individual support to help meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every Ursuline student.
One of three full-time personal counselors is assigned to every new student, and that counselor stays with her throughout her Ursuline experience. The staff also includes a full-time learning specialist. In a safe and supportive environment, the counselors work individually with students to help develop healthy coping skills and resiliency.
Personal Counseling at Ursuline also embraces holistic strategies, including an annual Wellness Week, which emphasize the importance of social and emotional learning as well as academics. Goals are reached by the development of:
- Stress management skills
- Smart social choices
- Self-advocacy skills
- Friendship and relationship dynamics
- Study and organizational strategies
Supporting Student Learning Styles
Each year, Ursuline welcomes a new student body with a variety of learning styles and challenges. In an effort to provide for each student, including those with learning differences, Ursuline offers limited accommodations to support emotional and academic success.
How to receive accommodations:
- The student must have current testing (within the past three years) from a licensed professional counselor or educational diagnostician.
- The evaluation must include both a cognitive and achievement test.
- Submit documentation to Personal Counselor/Learning Specialist Mary Campise for review
The Personal Counseling program also includes an annual Teen Wellness Week, which features speakers and content focused on how to have a positive body image, engage in healthy relationships, and understand how nutritious food is fuel.
The Ursuline Student Advisory Program fosters community and offers each individual student a support system with a committed adult advocate within the school.
Advisors are paired with the same students for two years. Each advisory group has approximately 9-12 students and typically meets once a week.
Advisory Program Goals align with the
Ursuline Core Values:
Development of the whole person
Respect for the uniqueness of the individual
Spiritual formation and faith development
Commitment to peacemaking
Serviam (I will serve) as a lived reality
The Embody Love Movement inspired a student club at Ursuline, and is now integrated into the Academy’s Wellness curriculum. The goal of Embody Love is to empower students to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.
Embody Love curriculum addresses media literacy, body shaming, self-acceptance, and love in action.
“We challenge ourselves daily to meet the students where they need us and to help them through the incredible and occasionally daunting years of high school. We always hold students in our hearts.”
Andrea Shurley, Principal